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  • Sony develops tech for 185TB tapes: 3,700 times more storage than a Blu-ray disc

    Once upon a time, the best way for you to back up the entirety of your computer’s data was to use the medium that was once the best way to listen to music: magnetic tape. Writable optical media, cheap hard drives, and cloud storage eventually became the consumer norm, but tape drives still hung around as one of the best options for mass data backup. Sony has developed a new technology that pushes tape drives far beyond where they once were, leading to individual tapes with 185 terabytes of storage capacity. Back in 2010, the standing record for how much...
  • 5 Reasons Apple Looks Like the Next Sony

    03/26/2014 6:44:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/26/2014 | Kyle Smith
    Apple may be the most valuable company on the planet, but two and a half years into the Tim Cook era, it already looks like a different outfit. Though Cook has brought revenue up 58 percent, and profits up 40 percent, the Steve Jobs-led fervor to innovate seems to be subsiding. Apple is in an industry where it has to keep coming up with daring new breakthroughs, and the famously bland Cook doesn’t seem like the man to deliver them. Revenues in the last fiscal year were up only 9.6 percent, the slowest increase in a decade, and earnings fell...
  • Sony to close two-thirds of US stores

    02/27/2014 5:52:12 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2014 2:17 PM (ET) | None
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month. It also said that 1,000 of the previously announced 5,000 job cuts would come from its Sony Electronics unit, mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. The cuts are to take place before March 2015.
  • Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    01/27/2014 4:12:10 PM PST · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | 01/27/2014 | Romain Dillet
    Bond credit rating agency Moody’s cut the credit rating of Sony from Baa3 to Ba1 with a stable outlook — Ba1 is also just below investment grade. In other words, Sony is considered a speculative investment right now and it will become harder for the company to borrow money. Today’s downgrade comes from its volatile net profit. Despite many staff cuts, some divisions, such as its PC and TV activities, are still losing money or are barely in the black. Increased competition in these areas are to blame.
  • Sony confirms Windows Phone talks with Microsoft: Doesn't want to be a single OS manufacturer

    01/10/2014 1:31:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    GigasOm ^ | 01/10/2014 | Alex Colon
    Like many smartphone manufacturers, Sony has been dedicated to just one platform, and that’s Google’s Android. But the company might be looking to branch out, and has confirmed to TechRadar that it is in talks with Microsoft about using its Windows Phone OS. Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, explained: “We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum…One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it’?” Unlike Google’s free, open-source Android OS, Microsoft...
  • Husband broadcasts drunk, naked wife on Playstation 4

    11/25/2013 11:07:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 72 replies ^ | November 25, 2013 | 8:32am
    It was only a matter of time before PlayStation users exploited and defiled the live-streaming feature. At the moment the feature is open for any gamer to publicly display all manner of X-rated shenanigans before they are banned. What this means for its future and the implications of censorship will surely be a big issue for Sony.
  • Xbox One DRM restrictions dropped after gamer outcry

    06/20/2013 4:32:23 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 33 replies ^ | Wednesday 19 June 2013 17.28 EDT | Keith Stuart
    Microsoft responds to global outcry and removes daily online requirements and restrictions to pre-owned sales. Xbox president, Don Mattrick, thanks gamers for 'candid feedback' Microsoft has sensationally abandoned its controversial plans to restrict the sharing of Xbox One games, and has also removed daily online authentication requirements for its forthcoming console. In a statement released on the Xbox website on Wednesday, Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, wrote that the company had listened to "candid feedback" from gamers. Before listing the changes, his explanation reads, "You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today...
  • Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

    06/13/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 6-10-2013 | Sony Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends.
  • The Trailer and Poster for Roland Emmerich's White House Down

    03/27/2013 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Tyrannis · 13 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 | Edward Douglas
    With the success of Olympus Has Fallen this past weekend, the onus is on Roland Emmerich and Sony to prove that their own White House invasion movie White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is up to the task of coming out after that and still feeling fresh. In order to show their hand, Sony threw an official launch party to give a couple hundred lucky fans the first look at the trailer and eight minutes of footage, with Jamie Foxx and director Roland Emmerich on hand at New York's Regal Union Square and Tatum piped in via...
  • AMD Elaborates on PS4's Custom ''Jaguar'' APU ( Sony's new Gaming Console uses x86 Architure)

    02/25/2013 8:51:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Tomshardware ^ | 11:00 PM - February 21, 2013 | Kevin Parrish
    AMD and Sony worked together to create a custom "Jaguar" APU.AMD's Vice President of Global Communications and Industry Marketing John Taylor recently "elaborated" on the APU that is packed in Sony's semi-announced PlayStation 4 console. He said the new gaming console is the first announced design win based on a semi-custom AMD APU which was jointly developed in coordination with Sony."At the most basic level, an APU is a single chip that combines general-purpose x86 central processing unit (CPU) cores with a graphics processing unit (GPU) and a variety of system elements, including memory controllers, specialized video decoders, display outputs,...
  • PS4: new kits shipping now, AMD A10 used as base

    12/17/2012 10:32:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | Fri, Nov 02, 2012 | 09:20 GMT
    Developers are currently taking receipt of a new PlayStation 4 dev kit, VG247 has been told today, with a final version slated to appear in January. Yes, it’ll have Blu-ray. No, it isn’t being made in Japan.Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 today that a new version of the Orbis kit is now shipping to developers, and that it’s housed in a normal PC case. There are to be four versions of the dev kit, we were told. A previous version was essentially just a graphics card. The version shipping now is a “modified PC,” and the third version, appearing...
  • CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more

    06/16/2011 6:54:35 PM PDT · by bushwon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/16/11 | Doug Gross
    CNN) -- They've breached or busted the websites of the CIA, PBS and the U.S. Senate, and launched at least part of an extended attack on Sony, whose PlayStation Network was brought to a grinding halt for the better part of a month. And, to hear them tell it, it's all for a laugh. Meet Lulz Security, or LulzSec, the gleeful and secretive band of hackers who appear to be responsible for a string of high-profile and sometimes embarrassing Internet attacks. Their most recent strike, and arguably the most ambitious, was a distributed denial-of-service attack Wednesday that shut down the...
  • LulzSec 'Leader' Turns on Fellow Hacktivists: Feds

    03/06/2012 9:02:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | March 6, 2012 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, AARON KATERSKY and PIERRE THOMAS
    Six members of the suspected computer hacking groups affiliated with Anonymous were charged—including the suspected ring leader, who directed the entire operation from a Manhattan apartment complex—after it was revealed one of the group's most high profile members has been working with federal authorities for months. Hector Monsegur, a 28-year-old American believed to use the name "Sabu" on the internet, was arrested by federal agents last year and has been cooperating with law enforcement ever since, officials said. He pleaded guilty last August, a plea unsealed in federal court in Lower Manhattan today. At least four of the five other...
  • White House Must Stop Sony from Releasing 'Killing bin Laden' Film

    09/17/2012 2:19:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/17/12 | John Nolte
    Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it's time for them to get ahead of this problem. And one thing the White House can do immediately is to pressure Sony to stop the release of director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden. I'm only saying this because, you know, the White House and the media told me movies inflame and cause terrorism. Think about it: if the poorly produced and laughably bad trailer for "The Innocence of Muslims" results in chaos,...
  • Sony’s 84-inch LED TV with 4K resolution costs $24,999, ships in November

    09/08/2012 2:13:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies
    BGR ^ | 9/06/12 | Raymond Wong
    Sony’s 84-inch LED TV with 4K resolution costs $24,999, ships in NovemberBy: Raymond Wong | Sep 6th, 2012 at 11:35PM As if there was any doubt Sony’s (SNE) giant 84-inch 4K resolution LED TV would be expensive, Sony has finally priced its upcoming XBR-84X900 TV. The flat screen with a whopping 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution and integrated speakers will sell for $24,999. While Sony will start taking preorders for the TV beginning Thursday, September 6th, it won’t actually be available until November.
  • Sony Introduces 84" 4K LCD TV: New Era of Consumer Video Begins.

    09/01/2012 12:38:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies ^ | 08/29/2012 11:50 PM | Anton Shilov
    Sony Corp. has announced that it will begin the phased launch of its latest Bravia LCD television in all global regions from the end of the year. The new Bravia boasts a 84" LCD panel with 4K (3840*2160) resolution. The TV incorporates Sony's “4K X-Reality Pro” super-resolution high picture quality engine. Sony follows LG Electronics with its 4K ultra high-definition TV-set (UHDTV) and both are driving the new level of visual perfection to the masses. The new 84” Bravia 4K LCD TV comes equipped with a panel comprising approximately 8.29 megapixels (52 ppi), which is 4 times the resolution of...
  • Sony's Involvement in Apple-Samsung Scuffle---WSJ Video Report

    08/06/2012 12:34:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    WSJ ^ | Aug 3, 2012 | Reed Albergotti
    Apple and Samsung dig in for weeks of courtroom jostling, as the personalities and tactics of their legal teams are adding to the drama. Reed Albergotti has details on The News Hub. Photo: Reuters.
  • Sony Reportedly Working on a Full Frame Square Sensor Camera

    03/23/2012 6:58:02 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 23, 2012 | swampsniper
    Sony may be working on a full frame square format digital camera, looks like a Hasslebad! I'm not gonna ask how much this will cost, but I can dream, can't I? My Sony A-200 left the repair shop today, headed home, for the 2nd time, they didn't get it right first time. I've been without a good digital camera for about 5 weeks now, just gnashing my teeth and moaning!
  • Sony to Cease Its Flat-Screen Partnership With Samsung

    12/27/2011 11:01:16 PM PST · by Cronos · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    In a bid to streamline its unprofitable television business, Sony said Monday that it would sell its stake in its flat-panel screen venture with Samsung Electronics, cutting its production capacity at a time when outsourcing has become the norm for manufacturers. Sony, which makes the Bravia liquid-crystal-display televisions, said in a statement that it would sell its stake of nearly 50 percent in the jointly owned manufacturer, S-LCD, to Samsung, of South Korea, for 1.08 trillion won, or $935 million. Sony’s exit from the joint venture, which was set up in Tangjeong, South Korea, in April 2004, will let it...
  • Ronald Reagan Film Career to be Honored in Washington DC by Motion Picture Industry (title excerpt)

    10/10/2011 3:15:10 PM PDT · by moviefan8 · 3 replies ^ | Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | Nikki Finke
    EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the Motion Picture Association Of America representing the Hollywood movie studios will be co-hosting a tribute to Ronald Reagan’s film career on November 14th in Washington DC. The other host will be the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, which is the year-long commemoration of Reagan’s 100th birthday in 2011. All the movie studios are obtaining old footage of Reagan’s 53-movie legacy from 1937 to 1965 and are putting together around 5 cinematic profiles of the former Screen Actors Guild president for the bipartisan event. But I suspect the real reason behind this Reagan tribute is to remind...
  • Sony announces 'WhiteMagic' - new LCD screen that uses half the power

    08/15/2011 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | August 15, 2011 | by Bob Yirka
    Sony has announced via its webpage the development of a new type of LCD display that uses either half as much power as current same-size LCD displays, or the same amount of power, but doubles the brightness. Called WhiteMagic, the new LCD screen, currently just 3 inches diagonally, achieves these results by employing a third, white pixel to create images on a screen. For the most part, most LCD displays use just three backlit pixels - Red, Green and Blue (RGB) to create one dot of color on the screen; the various colors are produced by filtering the light that...
  • Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie

    08/10/2011 10:25:41 PM PDT · by This Just In · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 10, 2011 | Hollywoodland
    BREAKING: Rep. Peter King Asks For Probe Into White House’s Role in Bin Laden Movie Posted By Hollywoodland On August 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am In Featured Story, Military, Politics | 79 Comments Politico: House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday demanded an investigation into a report that the White House is cooperating with a film on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. In a letter to the Defense Department and the CIA, King asked for a probe and classified briefing about any cooperation or consultation between the agencies and the film, set to be directed by...
  • US lawmaker wants probe of Bin Laden film project

    08/10/2011 8:21:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies · 2+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug. 10, 2011
    A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration of jeopardizing national security by cooperating with a Hollywood film project on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, demanded an inquiry after learning of the Pentagon's collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. "I write to express concern regarding ongoing leaks of classified information regarding sensitive military operations," King wrote in a letter to the inspectors general at the Pentagon and CIA.
  • Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election

    08/10/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/10/11 | Michael Warren
    There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election. "The eyebrow does go up when you see...
  • Teenage 'cyber terrorist' arrested after attack on CIA

    06/21/2011 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3:53 AM on 22nd June 2011 | By Rebecca Camber, Colin Fernandez and Lucy Collins
    A British teenager is suspected of masterminding computer hacking attacks on the CIA, the U.S. Senate and Sony from his bedroom. Ryan Cleary, 19, was arrested at his family’s home in Essex in a dramatic swoop following a joint inquiry by Scotland Yard and the FBI. He was held hours after the UK’s serious crime unit came under online siege from the hacking group known as LulzSec. The group recently declared on Twitter its intention to break into government websites and banks and leak confidential documents.
  • Sony loses ANOTHER 12,700 cc #, from SOE (in addition to PSN hack)

    05/03/2011 6:35:59 AM PDT · by VAFreedom · 3 replies
    sony ^ | 5/2/2011 | sony
    "Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained. We will be notifying each of those customers promptly."
  • Playstation Network is still down, no end in sight(Black Ops Withdrawal)

    04/26/2011 6:00:02 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 25 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Tue Apr 26 2011, 10:43 | Dean Wilson
    JAPANESE GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Sony is facing more problems after its Playstation Network was hacked and taken offline, with no estimate in sight for recovery. The company confirmed that its network was the victim of an "external intrusion" and that it voluntarily put it offline while it works on a fix for the problem. However, it's been nearly a week since the first signs of the hacking appeared and the network remains down, with users greeted by error messages and notifications about maintenance and suspended services.
  • Sony's Ohga, credited with developing CD, dies

    04/23/2011 9:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    AP) ^ | Saturday April 23, 2011, 12:05 pm
    {photo}Norio Ohga, holds a Sony Mini Disc in New York. Sony says Ohga, credited with developing the compact disc, has died Saturday, April 23, 2011. He was 81. Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer said Ohga helped redefine the Japanese manufacturer not only as an electronic hardware company but helped it also expand into software or entertainment.
  • Judge in PS3 case lets Sony track visitors to Geohot website [Ninth-Circuit Nonsense]

    03/04/2011 6:43:59 PM PST · by Gondring · 12 replies
    Electronista ^ | updated 07:05 pm EST, Fri March 4, 2011 | Electronista Staff
    Judge lets Sony spy on Geohot visitors in PS3 suit George Hotz faced another setback in his defense against Sony's anti-jailbreaking lawsuit late Thursday after a judge granted Sony a potentially controversial amount of information access. It now has permission to get the IP addresses, accounts and other details of anyone who has visited either his main Geohot site or his PS3 jailbreak Blogger site between January 2009 and the modern day. Sony made clear that the access wouldn't be limited to those who downloaded the jailbreak code.The company had already received permission to track as much information as possible...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • Apple blocking Sony Reader app, WTF?

    02/01/2011 3:48:17 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 5 replies
    TG Daily ^ | 1 February 2011 | Raven Lovecraft
    If you were hoping to be able to buy digital books through Sony's platform on the iPad, kiss that dream goodbye. Apple has rejected Sony's submission of a Reader app because it allows financial transactions to take place outside of Apple. According to a New York Times report, Sony was sent a rejection letter, stating the app violates the App Store rules. According to those regulations, developers are not allowed to offer in-app transactions unless they go through Apple. That is, they must share a cut of all those purchases. Funny, though, that Amazon's Kindle app allows external purchases, and...
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia arc leaked in photos, video ( Smartphone hands on HDMI Output)

    01/10/2011 8:20:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies ^ | Wednesday January 05, 2011. | Michael Oryl
    Video of images :Youtube version --Sony Ericsson XPERIA arc ******************************************And Handson:Sony Ericsson's beautiful Xperia arc - photos and video preview************************************EXCERPTS**********************************Gallery by Michael Oryl on Saturday January 08, 2011.We got the chance to spend a few minutes with Sony Ericsson's latest smartphone, the Xperia arc. The extremely sexy arc features a curved rear cover, as the name suggest, that measures only 8.7mm thick in its middle. The arc is powered by Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone OS, which shines through on a 4.2-inch touchscreen display that Sony Ericsson says is powered by Sony's Bravia engine, the same technology used on Sony's...
  • Need help with PC to Sony kdl-52nx800 TV.

    12/03/2010 7:55:16 PM PST · by GTXGTP · 25 replies
    12/3/2010 | GTXGTP
    Has anyone tried this? I cannot make it work for the life of me. Here's the setup: Nvidia GTX460 video card in my pc- two dvi, one hdmi out. TV - Sony Bravia 52" LEDLCD Tv. 50'HDMI cable from PC to TV I have tried everything. Checked native res of tv, and matched it on the output of my video card. Tested on another tv, from all three outputs of my video card, and it works fine. Tried my xbox 360 across the hdmi, works great. But then I hook my Pc to the Sony tv- Nvidia control panel even...
  • Sony retires the cassette Walkman after 30 years

    10/25/2010 2:11:03 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies ^ | 10-25-10 | Lauren Indvik
    After retiring the floppy disk in March, Sony has halted the manufacture and distribution of another now-obsolete technology: the cassette Walkman, the first low-cost, portable music player. The final batch was shipped to Japanese retailers in April, according to IT Media. Once these units are sold, new cassette Walkmans will no longer be available through the manufacturer. The first generation Walkman (which was called the Soundabout in the U.S., and the Stowaway in the UK) was released on July 1, 1979 in Japan. Although it later became a huge success, it only sold 3,000 units in its first month. Sony...
  • Music's over for Sony Walkman

    10/24/2010 3:55:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2010 | HEATHER HADDON
    The iconic Walkman has come to the end of its run. Sony has pulled the plug on the original portable cassette-tape player, Japanese media report. The company made its last shipment of the cassette Walkmans to the Japanese market earlier this year -- and when they're gone from stores, they'll be finished. Sony is outsourcing some manufacturing to a Chinese company for sales to people who still use obsolete cassette tapes.
  • Google and Sony Kill the "Dumb" TV, Unleash Google TV

    10/13/2010 11:22:33 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies
    Dailytech. ^ | October 13, 2010 | Jason Mick
    Google aims to take over the emerging TV OS market Google is increasingly became a leading force as an operating system developer. Its Android smartphone operating system is growing faster than any other smartphone operating system, and its Chrome operating system for tablets and netbooks will soon debut as well. But Google's latest OS entry comes in a market you might not expect -- television. On Tuesday, Sony introduced the first television hardware on the market to be powered by Google's new Google TV OS. The new Google TV-enabled HDTV flat-screens from Sony come in 24-inch ($600 USD); 32-inch ($800);...
  • Sony's Flexible OLED is Thinner Than a Strand of Hair

    05/26/2010 12:10:42 PM PDT · by TChris · 25 replies · 1,096+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 5/26/2010 | Kat Hannaford
    One of the main advantages of OLED is that it can be flexible—so flexible, in fact, that it can be wrapped around a pencil. Taking 2007's .3mm prototype Sony's made a new one just 80μm-thick. That's about ten times the size of a red blood cell, or just a tiny bit thinner than a single hair. The whole OLED measures 4.1-inches in size, and has a 432 x 240 resolution and a contrast ratio of under 1,000:1.
  • PlayStation foils US Air Force

    05/12/2010 9:22:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1,005+ views
    Flightglobal/DEW line ^ | 5/12/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    When US Air Force researchers last year created the mother-of-all-processors using Sony PlayStation-3 game consoles, it seemed like a stroke of cost-saving genius.To deliver a 53-TerraFLOP processing cluster, the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., hoovered up 1,700 PlayStation-3 game consoles, then harnessed the power of their combined processors to evaluate new breakthroughs in technology for synthetic aperture radar, high definition video and something called "neuromorphic computing". At the time, the researchers noted that two PlayStation-3 consoles provide 150 GigaFLOPs of processing power for $600, but a single 3.2GHz cell processor delivers 200 GFLOPs for $8,000. Why spend the...
  • PlayStation Pull-Back Hurts Inexpensive Supercomputing

    04/06/2010 5:24:55 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies · 641+ views
    IT World ^ | 2 April 2010 | Brian Proffitt
    Yesterday, April 1st, brought the inevitable round of high-tech hijinks, as individuals and companies jockeyed to see who could be funnier. My personal favorite was Google renaming itself to Topeka, a move sure to consternate anyone not in the know and amuse those who were. One tech company, however, released a software update that was decidedly unfunny. In a March 28 announcement on the PlayStation blog, Sony revealed that a new firmware patch (v. 3.21) for the PlayStation 3 would disable the “Install Other OS” feature on existing PS3 devices. In other words, no Linux on any PS3s. This follows...
  • Sony boss asks theater owners for healthier snacks

    03/16/2010 6:46:40 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 660+ views
    hostednews/ap ^ | 03/15/10 | AP
    LAS VEGAS — The head of Sony Pictures suggested Monday that movie theaters offer healthier snacks to help fight obesity and give audiences a broader range of food choices.
  • Report: Sony launching new line of handheld gadgets

    03/04/2010 11:32:31 AM PST · by Tarantulas · 10 replies · 491+ views ^ | March 4, 2010 | Erica Ogg
    Sometime this year, Sony will launch a new smartphone and a portable tablet-like device, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The smartphone will be able to play PlayStation games, and the tablet device will be some combination of a Netbook, e-reader, and PlayStation Portable, according to "people familiar with the matter" who spoke to the Journal. The reading/gaming/computer gadget is intended to better compete with the Apple iPad and an expected wave of similar devices from other gadget makers. Both products are supposed to hit store shelves this year, though there are not yet any details on...
  • Virtual Book Sales Surpass Physical Books

    12/30/2009 8:42:01 AM PST · by Milhous · 50 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Journal of Commerce ^ | Dec 29 2009 | Thomas L Gallagher
    Amazon's Kindle Reader cuts book shipping Book sales in the United States surged during the holiday season, but in a dramatic shift for the shipping world, retailer said this week sales of e-books for the first time surpassed sales of physical books.    Amazon’s peak in e-book sales occurred on Christmas day as gift recipients used their new Kindle reading devices to make purchases from among the 390,000 books available in Amazon’s Kindle Store. The Kindle electronic reader, which allows users to download books and other media from a variety of sources, was “the most gifted item ever in...
  • Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition ( eBook with touchscreen )

    11/06/2009 9:44:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 6th November 2009 08:02 GMT | Alun Taylor
    Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch EditionReview When we reviewed Sony's original PRS-505 Reader a little over 12 months ago, our only real criticism was that the plethora of buttons and switches that festooned the device would be better replaced by a touchscreen. Revised edition: Sony's PRS-600 Reader Touch Now Sony has released its next-generation Reader, the PRS-600, which does indeed have a touch screen, hence its 'Touch Edition' moniker. Having asked, we have received. But should we grateful? Look at the Touch from any direction other than face on and the differences between it and the old Reader are a hard...
  • Ok, But Which Device Is Better at Smashing Through Walls? (Nintendo DSi vs. PSP Go!)

    11/04/2009 10:00:31 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 8 replies · 572+ views ^ | 11/04/09 | John Herrman
    The DSi shatters and fragments, which is more effective at maiming and disabling a target. On the other hand, the N97 remains whole, for greater penetration through tough surfaces. Both, however, are fun to look at. Far from an honest ballistics test, the shoot(ing), staged by French gaming magazine Amusement, was just an opportunity to snap a few stunning photos. Which is fine! And which they did! So, where's the video? Update: Yeah, you guys are right—the black one is an N97, not a PSP. Still though!
  • Sony's CEATEC concept party includes Walkman bracelet and 0.2mm thin OLED (Awesome Video!)

    10/06/2009 8:39:35 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 14 replies · 1,237+ views ^ | 10/06/09 | Darren Murph
    We've yet to see a trade show where Sony left its Rhode Island-sized booth at home, and CEATEC is no exception. Aside from pushing its 1080p 3D installations with an epic amount of force, the company also had a smattering of swank new concepts on display that caught our eyes. A 0.2 millimeter-thin flexible OLED display was alive and displaying content, while an ultrathin Reader mock-up looked more like a MID and less like a Kindle. Without question, the two items that took our breath away were the all-panel laptop (which tossed the traditional keyboard in favor of a...
  • Sony Vaio recovery center: no "next" button or link

    09/14/2009 9:06:19 PM PDT · by rudy45 · 19 replies · 1,114+ views
    I am trying to create recovery disks for a Sony Vaio. After getting to help and support windows, and clicking on a link for "recovery disks," I reach a window that explains what recovery disks are and what they do. The last line in this window says, "to create recovery disks, click next." However, this window has no link labeled "next" and no clickable button labeled "next." Furthermore, the window cannot be maximized (there is no maximize icon), or does it have horizontal or vertical scrolling. In other words, there's nothing to click. Has anyone run into this issue? How...
  • From Sony: 3D Bravia TV, film downloads for PS3 and PSP

    09/04/2009 1:08:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies · 1,638+ views ^ | 09-02-2009 | by Rich Trenholm
    BERLIN--We're here at IFA at the Sony press conference, where Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer reckons the "3D train is on the track--and we're the ones to drive it home." 3D is Sony's big push, but we're more interested in the announcement of a movie-download service for PS3 and PSP, via the PlayStation Network. Sony has announced its first 3D-compatible Bravia LCD TV, to arrive in 2010. It promises a high frame rate and 1,920x1,080 pixels per eye to give what Sony describes as "high-definition, high-quality 3D images." 3D-enabled Blu-ray players are set to follow and even the PS3 will...
  • Gamer Sues Sony over First Amendment

    07/22/2009 11:13:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 685+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wed, Jul 22, 2009 | LAURA RIPARBELLI
    After being banned from a game for "trash talking", Erik Estavillo wants $55,000 and says he needs the game to socializeWhat happens when you take away someone’s video games? You might get sued. A San Jose, Calif., man is suing Sony, claiming the company violated his first amendment rights when they banned him from playing the PlayStation 3 game "Resistance" for something he may have said while communicating with other players. Erik Estavillo, who says he suffers from agoraphobia, a fear of crowds and public places, depends completely on the PlayStation game for social interaction. But Sony occasionally bans users...
  • Woman fined $1.9 million for illegal downloads

    06/18/2009 6:29:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 181 replies · 6,882+ views ^ | 2009-06-18 | Elianne Friend
    A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each — a total of $1.9 million — for 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said. Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents...
  • Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!

    03/09/2009 10:08:13 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 82 replies · 1,832+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 08 March 2009 | Jack Loftus
    Compact discs weren't always impromptu drink coasters. Once, in the not-so-distant past, they played music, contained pictures, and let people play video games with tacked-on FMV sequences. And today, the venerable CD turned 30. Happy birthday! 1979-2009.Thirty years. Pretty amazing that it's been that long since those crazy Dutchmen at Philips spun the technology off of laser discs as part of an optical digital audio disc demo in Eindhoven.Of course, the CD didn't immediately take off right then and there. It needed a little help from Sony, which worked with Philips to get the format standardized. The standard they named...